Two pilot projects are part of the City of Lac-Mégantic's effort to rebuild the downtown area destroyed in the 2013 rail disaster. FCM's review processes led to improvements in both projects.
The first project involves evaluating a method to improve drainage from a new parking lot. Water will flow through rain gardens and grassed swales to reduce hydrological impacts. The second project aims to promote active transportation, and to measure the impacts of incorporating pedestrian walkways and bicycle paths into a redevelopment project downtown.
Initial FCM reviews identified potential improvements in how the city could monitor project outcomes. Lac-Mégantic incorporated the improvements into its final applications. The city also implemented a further improvement — extending the monitoring period — suggested by FCM's independent peer reviewers.
"I have no doubt that the two pilot projects — and residents of Lac-Mégantic — will benefit from the suggestions," says France Bergeron, Project Manager with Lac-Mégantic.
“GMF's peer review process helps to ensure that projects can realize their full potential to deliver environmental, economic and social benefits. As municipalities make more and more progress on sustainability, the peer review process also helps to raise the bar by identifying potential improvements in proposed projects.”
Tony Kosteltz, P.Eng.
GMF Peer Reviewer